Meet the team

We are very lucky to have on board a team of very hard working and inspirational people who make things happen.

Artspace Lifespace is a small charity based in Bristol. It has a small core staff and a board of Directors. Over 300 artists are affiliated with The Artspace Lifespace Project through their studios and creative businesses.

Members of our team have built up extensive knowledge and experience from the various projects we have undertaken and can readily act as catalysts for new ventures and collaborations. Our first priority is establishing financial sustainability for the venues we run and then increasing resources in line with activity.

Meet the team

Ryan Corkery – Trustee and Treasurer

ryan@artspacelifespace.com

A Chartered Certified Accountant, and ex-cyberneticist, Ryan has lived in Bristol for four years during which time he has started his own business and become embedded in a number of others due to his way with numbers.  Ryan believes strongly in not-for-profit values, co-operative structures and ownership, and in showing art and community businesses are economically viable.  Ryan also works as management accountant for Trinity Community Arts.

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Doug Francis  – Trustee

doug@artspacelifespace.com

A founding member of the organisation, and a passionate proponent of the Arts and its transformative effect on people and communities.  Doug has been a strong voice in temporary use projects, assisting groups all over the country to start up their own community centres from buildings long forgotten and discarded.  His own artistic practices as a performer, and as a director and ringmaster of The Invisible Circus, keep him an active part of Bristol’s creative community.

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Wim Penhaul – Trustee

wim@artspacelifespace.com

Wim Penhaul is a co founder of Artspace Lifespace in its Bristol incarnation and passionate about the creative re-invention of under used commercial and industrial properties into thriving community resources. As a Co Director with Invisible Circus he has been instrumental in the development of such projects in Bristol and beyond.

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Kara de Los Reyes – Trustee 

Kara is a practicing architect, lecturer, and advocate for regenerative design and culture. Beyond her work with ASLS she helps to run TEDxBristol and is also a keen allotmenteer. Her international work includes being a Trustee of Land is Life, an organisation that focuses on representing the voice of Indigenous People globally. Kara also supports community initiatives in her home country, the Philippines. She is driven in all that she does to help create a happier, healthier, and more resilient world for future generations to enjoy.

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Andrew Evans – Trustee

kathryn@artspacelifespace.com 

Andrew joined Artspace Lifespace as a trustee in 2019. Andrew has a background in construction and engineering law, delivering commercial and construction projects in the Environmental, Infrastructure, Construction and Energy sectors. He loves art both contemporary and the rest, as well as music production and performance.

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Kathryn Chiswell Jones – Company Manager

kathryn@artspacelifespace.com 

Kathryn joined Artspace Lifespace in 2017 and has a wide range of experience in International Relations, PR, Marketing, Health & Safety and Project Management. She has worked for local government, engineering, legal and architecture firms in the UK and Japan.  She believes that the arts can provide transformative experiences, help individuals connect and identify with one another and grow communities. She also heads up the DIY Arts Cultural Spaces Workgroup.